Replacement for Ibanez AFR pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by DavidEdenAria, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    My 1997 SR800 is a great bass....the only problem is the 'E' string is louder than the 'A' string on the J bridge pickup.

    I have spent much time trying to adjust the J bridge matter what I do the the 'E' is always louder than the 'A'.

    The P neck pickup balances perfectly across the strings, but of course, has more adjustment in the first place.

    Unless I can access the polepieces in the 'J' pickup on the 'E' side, I am contemplating another 'J' pickup that I can drop in to go along with the stock Ibanez 'P' AFR pickup which I really like.

    Or can I access the polepieces on the 'J' and push down the 'E' poles or raise the 'A' poles a bit?

    Is there a great replacement for the AFR 'J' bridge pickup that will drop in and blend okay with the stock AFR 'P' pickup?
  2. JustForSport

    JustForSport Guest

    Nov 17, 2011
    There's no way to access the pole pieces in those active pickups- the internal preamp is epoxy cast inside the cover with the coil.
    I don't know how one (single-coil inside) pickup could be much better or worse from one string to the next- what is the string height difference between the 2 strings at the pickup?
    First, I would try to lower the E side and/or raise the G side some to see if that helps.
    I'm not sure who Ibanez had make those pickups, but there are very few active jazz pickups in the single-coil jazz shape. There is a set of Peavey active P/J pickups in the Classifieds, but I don't know who Peavey commissioned for those, either- could be same as the Ibanez ones. Whether it would be an improvement or not over what you have now...?
    Also, I think Ibanez had a thing going with EMG regarding the active pickups from the early '80s, so they could even be EMGs.
  3. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I've already adjusted the pickup...lowering the E side and raising the G side....doesn't matter what I adjust, the E is always louder than the A.

    I am now wondering if there is some way I could compensate another way....I haven't tried a bit of compression but its likely that could help a bit.

    The strings on this bass are Ernie Ball rounds that GC uses out of their bulk stock, not even 3 hours on them.....the A string does not seem dead, but could there be an issue with the string itself causing a bit of volume loss?

    I am going to play around with the actual individual string height...